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The birth of a new baby is a very special time for the whole family and especially the parents of the baby. Fortunately, the vast majority of pregnancies and births happen without any problems; however, sometime things can go wrong due to medical negligence which can cause serious birth injuries.
There are a number of different types of birth injuries and one sort is Cerebral Palsy which can be suffered when the brain is injured by a lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery.
Cerebral palsy may be caused by foetal stroke in the uterus before labour; foetal infection before birth; malformation of the brain originating at conception; genetic diseases; and complications of prematurity.
Sometimes, Cerebral Palsy is caused by brain damage from lack of oxygen due to an event during labour or delivery. When this happens in full term babies, the newborn will have evidence of severe pH abnormality in the cord blood and neurologic abnormalities soon after birth. Frequently there will be signs of sudden oxygen deprivation seen on the foetal monitor, very low Apgar scores at birth and involvement of other organs such as the kidneys within a few days.
CTG scans (Cardiotocography) can reveal a lot as to what is happening to the baby. Below are some of the things to look out for:
It is important to note that probably the most common mistake in CTG interpretation is to wrongly classify variable decelerations as early decelerations.
CTG traces can also illustrate foetal bradycardia, foetal tachycardia, placental abruption and cord occlusion, leading to variable decelerations without significant hypoxia. It is important that medical staff explain what such terms mean during the pregnancy.
It is an unfortunate fact that clinical errors occur during labour and in the delivery of a child, and standards are sometime less than what they should be. If your child suffered a brain injury during labour or was not properly cared for after birth, then our specialist cerebral palsy solicitors are here to support you and your family. We have many years experience in helping those who have had children with cerebral palsy, so if you think you have had a child with cerebral palsy due to poor medical treatment contact Clare Langford or give us a call on 0800 073 0988 to see how we can help you.
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